Sector websites update

Forum for community project discussion

The My Community website, run by Locality to provide support and information for community projects, now has a forum which

connects people who are who doing great things in their communities – from taking over pubs or green spaces, running local projects and making plans that will help shape the future of their neighbourhoods and communities.

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Fundraising training for ‘local’ charities

Local charities are being encouraged to sign up for training being run in December as part of the government’s support for Local Charities Day. The programme is targeted at charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million and a local focus. Official news release.

There will be fundraising related training in 8 cities (Birmingham Brighton, Bristol, Ipswich, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle) in early December, run by the FSI – sets of 3 one hour sessions. » Continue reading news item ... “Fundraising training for ‘local’ charities”

Growth in community-run businesses

An assessment of the community business sector in England found that it grew faster than charities and small businesses last year.

Research institute Power to Change commissioned Social Finance this summer to follow up on earlier reports ‘What if we ran it ourselves?’ and ‘The State of the Community Business Market’.

Some stats as reported by Civil Society News on the number of such businesses and growth since 2015:

  • Around 300 local libraries (20 per cent growth).
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Proposals on future licences for community radio

Regulator Ofcom has started a consultation on ‘Community Radio: future licensing and technical policy’.

After more than a decade issuing of Ofcom issuing licences, there are now nearly 250 community radio stations in the UK.

Ofcom is coming to the end of its third round of community radio licensing and would like to offer more licences where suitable spectrum is available.  We propose to run a fourth round, which will be shorter and more focused than previous rounds, and this consultation seeks views on our preferred licensing approach for this forthcoming round.

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Governance arrangements for Scottish village halls

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has published technical guidance for people who are advising village hall charities about incorporation as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) or a company, or making changes to their governing document.

‘Guidance for Village Halls governed by a Deed of Trust’ is downloadable (23 page pdf, 191Kb) via the OSCR news item.

Key issues for community management of green spaces

A new guide ‘Community ownership and management of parks and green spaces’ has been published.

Produced as part of the Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) programme by Shared Assets, it draws upon their experience of supporting many of the green space focused projects that took part in the programme. The guide is split into two main areas, reflecting its target audience:

  • Community organisations and social enterprises considering taking on new responsibilities for parks and green space management.
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